How dogs are being trained to sniff out wildlife

Written by Staff Writer A new campaign by the Wildlife Protection Society of Germany (SWF) has begun to encourage local authorities to train their dogs for natural, community-based searches for wildlife. CNN’s Maria Calderazzo…

How dogs are being trained to sniff out wildlife

Written by Staff Writer

A new campaign by the Wildlife Protection Society of Germany (SWF) has begun to encourage local authorities to train their dogs for natural, community-based searches for wildlife.

CNN’s Maria Calderazzo visited Ruhrregion Bremen to see dogs trained to sniff out birds, ant animals and even potted plants.

Training one of these dogs requires organizing its gear, like blankets and goggles, to withstand the local cold and strong winds. One trainer demonstrates how very little insulation can help.

Using their trainers, members of the public also try to track down wild species. A volunteer practices identifying creatures with a squeaker inside a classroom, while a school teacher explains the benefits of keeping wildlife close.

Walking with a dog on its nose is out of the question for the public, so they use binoculars to observe animals’ movements, and work off the recipe given by the SWF’s trainers.

The SWF believes that working with local inhabitants rather than searching from distance can prove beneficial, and plans to train 100 more dogs in the region within the next five years.

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